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samwu thumb medium80 78TimesLIVE reports that the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) has confirmed that it is insolvent and has been struggling to pay staff salaries since August last year.  

Newly elected Samwu secretary general Koena Ramatlou said on Wednesday that the new leadership elected at the union's central executive committee meeting last week had been mandated to deal with issues affecting the union.  These included sorting out the union's financial woes, ensuring that provincial allocations were paid on time to enable provinces to service their members, and also ensuring that staff benefits were updated and paid on time and in full.  Ramatlou said the union had been battling to pay staff their salaries since August last year and commented:  "The new leadership has been mandated to find out what caused the union to not be able to pay staff salaries and to look into how we can turn the situation around."  He also said the union would meet with the department of labour's registrar this week in an effort to stop a court application to place the union under administration.  In February, it was reported that the City of Johannesburg had cut power to Samwu's headquarters for nonpayment of outstanding bills.  At the time the union reportedly owed about R1.2m for electricity, water, sewerage, rates and refuse removal.

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